Here are a few announcements from the June 2015 issue of gx, the news publishing technology magazine:
--Metroland has completed installation of the last two inline finishing systems at Chinese book printer Hucais.
--Hong Kong based CTPS will use its HP inkjet web and digital capacity to take on a regional print and distribute contract for Oxford University Press.
--Upgraded print site takes Taranaki daily: It's new press and mailroom system for Fairfax Media NZ, taking on local publications and those of the Taranaki Daily News.
--New press takes young Indian daily into contract print: Four year old Telangana daily Namasthe Telangana is branching into contract work with the purchase of a new German made newspaper press.
--German publishing giant Axel Springer is pioneering the use of a new system for transporting plates from CTP system to press.
--Technicon launches "made in India" inserter: With fast growing demand for supplements and inserts in newspapers in India, Technicon India has launched an automated system for inserts.
And, finally, who would know? There are still print apprentices out there. As reported by gx: There is a push to recognize and encourage print apprentices in New Zealand at the Otago Daily Times , among other newspapers.
Goss announces sale to US equity firm
Newspaper and web press manufacturer Goss International is to be sold to US investment company American Industrial Partners.
Fundamental Change in Printing Equipment Leads to Growth
The total global market for new printing equipment was $21.5 billion in 2012 and will reach $22.7 billion by 2017.
Highlight from The Future of Global Print Equipment Markets to 2017
Market growth will come from added value features on analogue machines and digital equipment, not from traditional lithographic, flexo or gravure printing presses. According to Smithers Pira, new presses are far more productive than previous generations, with automation and control systems simplifying the operation of the equipment. There are fewer companies still trading, and it is usually possible to replace two or three older presses with a single new one. The other reason for the change is the arrival of high quality, highly productive and reliable digital print machinery that is firmly targeting traditional print equipment as a direct alternative. with over 40,000 units to be implemented in the next 4 years.